Auburn University

Office of Academic Affairs
Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
217 Goodwin / Overton
Auburn, AL 36849-5536
Phone: (334) 844-2685

School Description | Program Description | Entrance Requirements | Admissions Process & Deadlines | Evaluation Criteria | Acceptance Data |
Tuition & Cost of Attendance | Education & Research | Top 10 FAQs | Prerequisites for Admissions


The College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University is located in south central Alabama off Interstate 85 between Montgomery and Atlanta. The college is known for its friendly small-campus atmosphere.

Veterinary medicine began as a department at Auburn in 1892 and became a college in 1907. Today it is situated on 330 acres one mile from the main Auburn campus that serves more than 28,000 students. In addition, the college has a 700-acre research farm five miles from its campus. The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Health & Wellness: Auburn University’s Health Promotion and Wellness Services strives to support student learning and academic success through evidence-based and theory driven health promotion and prevention services. Health Promotion and Wellness Services serve as health and wellness advocates for the Auburn Family and strive to foster a campus atmosphere that helps cultivate and support healthy lifestyle choices. Health Promotion and Wellness Services work in collaboration with our diverse campus population to create positive transformational health opportunities.

Diversity & Disadvantaged / Accommodations: Auburn University recognizes and values the considerable educational benefits emanating from diversity as we prepare our students for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Students who interact with and learn about people from a variety of backgrounds are more apt to understand, appreciate, and excel in the community they inhabit. In this context, diversity is aligned with Auburn University’s land-grant mission of providing its students with a superior education in service to the needs of Alabama, the nation, and the world.

Students who require accommodations must schedule a meeting with a representative of Auburn University’s Office of Accessibility.

Class Size

o Resident #: 41 Alabama residents

o Non-Resident #: 51

o Contract # and where: 38 Kentucky

o International Seats # 0

Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident #: 110

·         Non-Resident #: 867

·         Contract #: 117 from Kentucky

International School: No

Accepts International Applicants: No

VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

o   Date pre-reqs must be completed:

o   June 15 prior to matriculation

o   Pre-requisite required grade: C- or better

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: No

·         Transcript Requirements

o   AP Policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

o   WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o   GRE Test Deadline: September 1 of application year

·         Experiences Requirements statement

o   A minimum 500 hours of veterinary experiences are required at the time of application submission in addition to having experience working with large & small animals

·         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o   Minimum number required: 3

o   Veterinarian Required: Yes

·         Bachelor’s degree required: No

·         Academic Statement

o   Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5 for Alabama and Kentucky residents, 3.0 for non-residents.

o   Required Grades: C- or better for any required course.

o   Preferred GRE score: 300 or higher

·         Interview Required: Yes


Admissions Process Statement: Applications undergo review after the VMCAS application deadline. Applications not verified by VMCAS are not typically reviewed. Invitations to interview are sent 4-6 weeks prior to interview dates.


·         Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

·         Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

·         Transcripts Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         eLOR Received Date: September 16, 2019

·         GRE Scores Received Date: September 16, 2019


·         Non-resident invitations sent: mid-December - Interviews: February

·         Alabama/Kentucky invitations sent: late-January - Interviews: March

·         Interview format statement: Qualified applicants will be invited to an on-site 30-minute interview with multiple members of the Admissions Committee. The purpose of this interview is to optimize the committee’s understanding of the applicant’s communication skills, depth and breadth of experience working with veterinarians, and professional potential.

·         Offers released: Within 12 days following interviews

·         Orientation held: Week prior to the start of classes

·         Deposit required: No

·         Defers granted: No

·         Transfers accepted: No

·         Academic History

·         Science GPA

·         Organic Chemistry/Physics/Biochemistry GPA

·         Cumulative GPA

·         Last 60 hours GPA (trend GPA)

·         GRE Scores

·         eLORS

·         Personal Essays

·         Communication Skills

·         Professional Potential

·         Readiness to Matriculate

·         Employment History

·         Interview


·         GRE Average: 306 (combined verbal and quantitative)

·         GPA Average: 3.67

·         Number of applications: 1094

·         Number interviewed: Approximately 500

·         Number matriculated: 120


*For current year (2019 matriculation)

·         Resident (Alabama/Kentucky)

o   $20,588 - tuition

o   Fees – tuition amount reflects tuition and fees

o   $43,421 – cost of attendance (includes tuition, fees, and estimated expenses)

*First-year students are required to purchase a laptop computer through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s tablet computer program.

·         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

o   $48,244 – tuition

o   Fees – tuition amount reflects tuition and fees

o   $71,077 – cost of attendance (includes tuition, fees, and estimated expenses)

*First-year students are required to purchase a laptop computer through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s tablet computer program.


Special programs statement:

Through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine offers students enrolled in the DVM program the opportunity to complete Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs while continuing their veterinary education.

Applicants wanting to learn more about dual degree options should visit .

Curriculum Statement:

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum is a rigorous four-year program which provides a broad-based education to all students. This prepares them to enter a variety of career opportunities within veterinary medicine. Students take 20 to 24 credit hours per term. This course load requires an average of 36 hours per week in the classroom or laboratory for students seeking to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

The curriculum is designed as a modified “systems approach.” The first-year deals primarily with structure and function of the normal animal. This year includes gross and microscopic anatomy, imaging, physiology, and other related courses. During the first semester of the second year, several principles courses are taught, such as immunology, infectious diseases, and pathology. Students then begin courses based on a body system (for example, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular systems). Each system includes appropriate pathology, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic measures for both large and small animal diseases. Each semester also includes a case-based course related to topics currently being taught.

All students are required to take at least four hours of electives. Most take one elective course per semester beginning with the second semester. The clinical year begins March of students’ third year in the program.


Top 10 FAQs

Q: Do you accept transfers to your program?

A: Curricula between programs rarely align in a way that proves to be beneficial to students. As a result, the program currently does not accept transfer students.

Q: Do you accept international students to the DVM program at Auburn?

A: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine currently does not accept international students to the program. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be accepted to the program.

Q: My school does not offer “cellular biology”, may I use my microbiology/genetics/or other science course to fulfill this requirement?

A: Applicants may not use other science courses to fulfill the cellular biology requirement. You may submit a detailed course syllabus to the College for review if you believe a course that you have taken or are considering taking fulfills the cell biology requirement. Only after reviewing the course syllabus can a decision about that course be made.

Q: My school does not offer animal nutrition. May I take this course online?

A: You may take animal nutrition online or as a correspondence course.

Q: Do you accept online courses?

A: Applicants who complete prerequisite courses through online mediums are eligible for admission. However, we strongly encourage applicants to complete science-specific prerequisite courses through traditional, in-person classwork.

Q: May I be considered an in-state resident for tuition purposes after living in the State of Alabama for one year?

A: No, there is not a process by which a student may change their residency once admitted. All questions concerning matters of residency should be directed to Auburn University’s Office of the Registrar by sending an email to

Q: If I am offered a seat in the class, am I required to secure my seat with a deposit?

A: No. No deposit is required to secure a seat in the class. However, students entering the class are required to purchase their tablet computer through our tablet computer program by May 31.

Q: Other schools show that my GRE scores have been received. How do I know if Auburn University has received my GRE scores?

A: Since GRE scores are sent directly to Auburn University (using school code 1005), VMCAS does not reflect receipt of your GRE scores. Be sure to keep a copy of your GRE score request receipt. The admissions coordinator will contact you if your scores have not been received.

Q: Is there any benefit to submitting my VMCAS application early?

A: Applicants are encouraged to begin working on their applications as soon as the application becomes available. Applicants are also encouraged to take their time, submitting their applications only after they have carefully reviewed it. VMCAS encourages applicants to submit applications by August 15 to ensure they undergo verification in a timely manner. There is no preference to applicants who submit their applications early in the application cycle.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about specific courses/requirements that may not be outlined on the website or VMSAR?

A: You should contact the coordinator of admissions if you have specific questions about courses and/or requirements. The coordinator of admissions can be reached by sending an email to admissions@vetmed.


Course Requirements Number of Semester Hours
Written composition # 6
Literature* # 3
Fine Arts # 3
Humanities/fine arts elective # 6
History* # 3
Social/behavioral science electives # 9
Mathematics—pre-calculus with trigonometry # 3
Biology I with lab 4
Biology II with lab 4
Cell Biology*** 3
Fundamentals of chemistry with lab 8
Organic chemistry 1 with lab; Organic chemistry 2 6
Physics I 4
Biochemistry 3
Science electives** 6
Animal Nutrition (Will accept web based or correspondence course)## 3

* Students must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history.

** Science electives must be two of the following: genetics, microbiology, physics II, comparative anatomy, histology, reproductive physiology, mammalian or animal physiology, parasitology, embryology, or immunology.

# These requirements will be waived if the student has a bachelor’s degree.

##Will accept web based or correspondence course. Animal Nutrition must focus on large animal, small animal, monogastric, and ruminant species.

***The cell biology course, beyond an introductory biology course, should focus on the molecular biology of cells, membranes, cytoplasm, and organelles as well as energy, transport, motility, cell division, signaling, transcription, and translation. Microbiology, genetics, physiology, or other courses may not be used to fulfill the cell biology requirement.


Application Deadline: 9/17/2019